Mitchell Starc, Australian rugby star, is set to miss a few games due to a stress fracture in the third metatarsal of his right foot. While Starc initially complained about his troublesome ankle, scans showed the injury was based more so in the foot. This is a major blow to the Australian team, halting their plans for the next year. Although Starc was able to play while injured in 2013, it is unlikely that event will occur again.
Activities, where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists from Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors will provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.
Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.
What are Stress Fractures?
Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-high impact workouts
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, and Skaneateles, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.